Otago Polytechnic/National Symposium on Open Education/About the Symposium
Otago Polytechnic in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER and the OER Foundation will convene a national symposium on Open Education.
On Friday 22 June 2012, the UNESCO World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress released the 2012 Paris OER Declaration which calls on Governments to openly license publicly funded educational materials. The New Zealand National Symposium on OER will bring together educational leaders and policy makers to consider the strategic opportunities for OER in New Zealand and to explore policy enablers and practices for harnessing the potential of open education approaches for the benefit of the formal education sector in New Zealand. The symposium will commence work on “proposals for action” as the first step towards planning the way forward for a sector-wide response to open education in New Zealand
|WelTec’s Wellington CBD Campus, 11 – 17 Church Street (off Boulcott Street). See Google Map.
|8 November 2012
Programme: 10am - 3.30pm
|Educational leaders from the formal sector, policy makers, international governmental organisations and open education agencies.
Facilitators and presenters
|Asha Kanwar is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning and is a world leading advocate for learning for development. Former Pro-Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, Professor Kanwar's career includes over 30 years of experience in teaching, research and administration in open distance learning and work with international governmental agencies including both UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA) in Dakar, Senegal and the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver since 2003.
|Phil Ker is Chief Executive of Otago Polytechnic, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Phil has had a diverse set of experiences and has developed a broad portfolio of expertise as both an academic and an administrator in both university and polytechnic environments. He has particular interest in business education, education for sustainability, open education, staff development generally and leadership development specifically; and in the recognition of prior experiential learning. Read more ...
|Wayne Mackintosh is the founding director of the OER Foundation and holds the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic. He is coordinating the establishment of the OER university, an international innovation partnership of accredited universities, colleges and polytechnics which aims to provide free learning opportunities for all students worldwide using OER courses with pathways for these learners to achieve credible credentials.
|Mark Osborne, is Deputy Principal of New Zealand's first open source high school. A free-software advocate, Mark is a champion of the use of Wikieducator in schools within New Zealand, and guided Albany Senior High School through the process of adopting a Creative Commons policy that makes available all teaching and learning resources under free cultural works licences. ASHS has as one of its core values 'transparency, openness, honesty and trust', and free culture helps give life to this value. Read more ...
David Porter is Executive Director of BCcampus in British Columbia. David arrived at BCcampus in 2003, with a mandate to create a web-based suite of services that British Columbia’s 25 public post-secondary institutions could use to enhance their online learning capabilities. BCcampus is a leader in open education and has designed and implemented a government funded an Open Educational Resource sector-wide initiative. BCcampus supports the post-secondary sector in British Columbia to connect, collaborate and innovate. Read more ...
|Jim Taylor, AM. is Emeritus Professor and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Learning Services) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Jim is one of the thought leaders behind the OER Tertiary Education Network who are implementing the OER university initiative and serves on the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation. Jim is a pioneer integrating the "Pedagogy of Discovery" using OER for the university curriculum integrating appropriate learning and digital literacy skills for the 21st century. Read more ...